University alliance to bolster Belt and Road Initiative
The inaugural meeting of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road University Alliance is held in Xiamen University, Fujian province on Oct 20.[Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The inaugural meeting of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road University Alliance was held in Xiamen, East China's Fujian province on Oct 20.
Initiated by Xiamen University, the alliance is composed of over 60 universities from 17 countries and regions along the Maritime Silk Road, including the University of Sheffield, the University of Melbourne and Nanyang Technological University.
Zhu Zhiwen, vice minister of Education pointed out, at the meeeting, that the establishment of the allliance is instrumental in pooring wisdom and strength in all aspects to bolster the Belt and Road Initiative and tackling the common problems and challenges faced by people worldwide.
"The foundation of the alliance is a practical action in implementing the initiative of the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, bearing profound significance," he said.
Following the principle of consultation, cooperation and benefit for all, the alliance aims to build up higher education cooperation and an exchange platform for countries and regions along the Maritime Silk Road, said Zhang Rong, president of Xiamen University.
It will further the exchanges among students from schools participating in the alliance through various activities, intending to nurture high level talents with global visions. Also it will give a full play to collective innnovation capabilities to carry out joint research, hoping to contribute to the solution of some global problems, according to Zhang.
As an important part of the inaugural meeting, the Principal Forum attracted representatives from 66 universities from 15 countries across the globe, including 36 domestic ones.
(Source_title：University alliance to bolster Belt and Road Initiative)